UFC: Andrei Arlovski vs. Tom Aspinall Announced for February 20

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (30-19, 2NC) will look to make it three straight wins when he takes on England’s Tom Aspinall (9-2) next month.

On Tuesday, UFC officials announced the heavyweight booking via social media. The fight will see Arlovski looking to break back into the UFC rankings, while Aspinall will be faced with the toughest test of his career to date.

For the British fighter, who arrived in the UFC in 2020, it will also be a chance for a third straight win inside the octagon. Aspinall’s previous victories have come over Jake Collier and Alan Baudot. Overall, Aspinall has won five straight in MMA.

Arlovski, now 41, has been competing in mixed martial arts for two full decades. In 2020, he went a perfect 2-0 with victories over PFL standout Philipe Lins and highly-touted Canadian heavyweight Tanner Boser. Both fights saw “The Pitbull” earn a unanimous decision.

The UFC’s February 20, 2021 card does not yet have an official name/number, location, or broadcast details announced. However, the event is expected to be headlined by another heavyweight showdown, between Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes.

Thus far, the following bouts have been reported for the card:

Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis
Ketlen Vieira vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Danny Chavez vs. Jared Gordon
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Chris Daukaus
Shana Dobson vs. Casey O’Neill
Eddie Wineland vs. John Castaneda
Drakkar Klose vs. Jai Herbert
Charles Rosa vs. Darrick Minner
Michael Trizano vs. Rafael Alves
Sergey Spivak vs. Jared Vanderaa
Andrei Arlovski vs. Tom Aspinall